Ajinkya Rahane hit 5 sixes and 6 fours in his innings of 71 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane played this innings in just 29 balls at a strike rate of 244.83.
New Delhi. Ajinkya Rahane’s best season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has come to the fore in the yellow jersey of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The experienced Indian batsman roared off his debut for the franchise with a 19-ball fifty. After this he confirmed his place in the playing eleven of CSK. Fans got to see the new avatar of Ajinkya Rahane once again on the night of Sunday, 23rd April. He scored an inning of 71 runs in 29 balls with the help of 5 sixes and 6 fours. On the basis of this innings of Ajinkya Rahane, Chennai Super Kings scored a huge score of 235/4 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. In response, the hosts suffered a 49-run defeat despite half-centuries from Jason Roy and Rinku Singh. After this victory, Ajinkya Rahane said that even better is yet to come.
This is Ajinkya Rahane’s second half-century in this season of IPL. Earlier, he had played an inning of 71 runs against Mumbai Indians. Apart from this, Rahane has also scored 30 plus against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. Rahane has so far scored 209 runs in this season of IPL at an average of 199.04. Rahane was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ after playing a brilliant innings against KKR. After the match, the Indian batsman said that he is enjoying his batting for CSK, but the best is yet to come.
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Ajinkya Rahane said, “Just a clear mindset. If your mind is right then you will be fine. I am just trying to enjoy my game. The wicket was a bit sticky, but once you get in, you have a good chance. We got off to a great start and after that I wanted to play my shots and keep the momentum going. I have enjoyed all my innings so far, I still feel the best is yet to come.
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Talking about his experience of playing under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the IPL after years, Ajinkya Rahane said, “It is a great learning opportunity. I have played under Mahi Bhai for India for many years, and now in CSK it has been wonderful. If you listen to everything they say, you will perform better.” When Rahane was asked about the turning point of his batting, he said, “The turning point for me is that I am getting a chance to play. If you see a year or two ago, I was not getting a chance to play. If you cannot play consistently, how can you show what kind of shots you have? you could not.”
He further said, “I got a chance to play in CSK. I was very happy when CSK picked me. when you mahi bhai [एमएस धोनी] If you play under the leadership of, then you get a chance to learn a lot. As a player and as a batsman, you always try to improve and grow as a cricketer. My preparation was always spot on and I was working on adding shots to my repertoire. Due to the opportunity given to me by CSK, I was able to show what shots I have.
The 49-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders has propelled the Super Kings to the top of the points table. Dhoni & Co. will play their next match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 24, 2023